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About Sonja Fritzsche

Sonja Fritzsche serves as Associate Dean of Personnel and Administration in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University. She is also Professor of German in the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages. See her website or @sfritzsc for more information. Her research focuses on (East) German literature and film, Heimat discourse, ecotopia, and science fiction. She is the editor of the new book series World Science Fiction Studies with Peter Lang. Her publications include: Forthcoming with co-editor Anindita Banerjee Science Fiction Circuits of the South and East (Peter Lang, 2018), The Liverpool Companion to World Science Fiction Film, editor (Liverpool University Press, 2014), Science Fiction Literature in East Germany (Peter Lang, 2006); articles in the German Quarterly, German Politics & Society, German Studies Review, Women in German Yearbook, Film & History, Extrapolation, Utopian Studies and Filmforum. She has received grants from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Fulbright, among others. She currently is co-PI on the Mellon funded Big Ten Academic Alliance Less Commonly Taught Languages Partnership. She served as the 2015 President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL). She is also on the editorial advisory boards of Extrapolation and the Brazilian science fiction journal Zanzalá. She has taught all levels of German language as well as upper division courses in 20th and 21st century German literature and film, German for Human Rights, and German Business Culture. She also has taught courses in English on German and Russian utopia/science fiction, Central European Women's writing, and German cinema. She recently taught a course for the Freie Universität Berlin internationale Sommerschule (FUBiS) 2015 entitled “Filming Berlin – Berlin and Film: Genre, History, Form, and Style.”


Present Department Chair & Professor of German, Michigan State University ‐ Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

20th Century German Literature and Film, and East German Film, Science Fiction

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2001 Ph.D., University of Minnesota ‐ Germanic Studies Department
1995 M.A., University of California, Los Angeles ‐ Modern European History
1992 B.A., Indiana University

Contact Information

B-302 Wells Hall


Articles (9)

Books (3)

Contributions to Books (4)

Conferences (2)

Faculty Advisor of Undergraduate Research (1)